You may not like Anthony Johnson. You may not care about Ryan Bader. When you really look at it, though, the matchup between them is extremely compelling.
Bader is the unremarkable personality who never stops improving. He faces Johnson on the heels of the three best wins of his career, all over top 10 light heavyweights. Johnson is an interesting–some might say “repulsive”–personality, but he is better known for his ridiculous knockout power. He is also known for being a front-runner who loses when fights don’t go as planned.
So when the two meet, we will have what Pat terms a “two true outcome” fight. Does Bader turn “Rumble” into “Crumble,” or does he run headlong into a new ceiling and suffer yet another spectacular finish? Only time will tell.
In the latter half of the show, we talk prospect development a la “Super” Sage Northcutt, and technical leg-kicking a la Tarec Saffiedine. Plus, the mid-tier middleweight oddness of Rafael Natal vs Kevin Casey. Check it out.
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